NY AG: Cuomo’s Dept of Health Underreported Nursing Homes Deaths

Emergency medical workers transport a patient at the Cobble Hill Health Center on April 18, 2020, in Brooklyn, New York. The nursing home has had at least 55 COVID-19 reported deaths.

“As the pandemic and our investigations continue, it is imperative that we understand why the residents of nursing homes in New York unnecessarily suffered at such an alarming rate,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a 76 page report on an investigation into allegations of patient neglect and other “concerning conduct” that jeopardized the health and safety of both patients and employees.

James’ report found that the state Department of Health underreported COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50%.

“While we cannot bring back the individuals we lost to this crisis, this report seeks to offer transparency that the public deserves and to spur increased action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”

62 nursing homes provided data about deaths in their facilities.

About 70% of the nearly 35,000 COVID deaths in New York were people aged 70 and older, according to state data as of Jan. 28.

Mayor Bill de Blasio commented during a presser on Thursday saying that, “We have to make sense of this. We have to get the full truth. … And we have to be honest about the numbers.” “These are our loved ones that we lost,” continued de Blasio. “It’s someone’s grandma, it’s someone’s mother or father, aunt or uncle. This is families missing someone dear to them.”

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